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Why the Cowboys should regret not trading for Earl Thomas

Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is the subject of ongoing trade rumors.
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is the subject of ongoing trade rumors. AP Photo

Earl Thomas is one of the best safeties in the NFL.

And he remains a member of the Seahawks because Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones and the Cowboys would not part with more than a second-round draft pick to acquire him.

Even if the ex-Texas Longhorns’ star continued his pro career in his home state, many believed that his impact in Week 1 of this NFL season would be limited at best. He did, after all, elect to miss all of training camp and the NFL preseason.

As it turns out, people underestimated how good Thomas still is. And how little the preseason actually matters.

The Seahawks wound up losing to the Broncos, 27-24 on Sunday. But according to Pro Football Focus, Thomas rated as the best safety in the entire league.

By the end of the game he recorded two pass deflections and one interception, which he returned for 25 yards.

In total, Thomas played 64 of his team’s 74 defensive snaps on Sunday (86 percent).

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said he liked the fight of his offense and feels good about fixing the issues that hurt them in the season opener.

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